HWL Ebsworth, Australia’s fifth largest independent firm, has hired three partners from Thomson Lawyers. Craig Powell, Brendon Noney and Sean O'Donnell join the firm with their teams from Thomsons Lawyers, including special counsel Neil Wallman and Mark Hamwood, experts in litigation and dispute resolution.

Powell is an experienced litigator and acts for clients in industries such as media, healthcare, food and beverage, energy and hospitality. Noney is an expert in information and communications technology and O'Donnell is a specialist franchising lawyer.

Juan Martinez, managing partner of HWL Ebsworth, said: “The dispute resolution and commercial expertise of the new partners is highly relevant to our client base across the entire Sydney region, and the clients of our Norwest and Sydney CBD offices will benefit significantly from these appointments.”

HWL Ebsworth is now the only national law firm with a physical presence in Greater Western Sydney, one of Australia’s fastest growing economies.

There has been movement in Australia’s independent market with news of a merger between Thomson Lawyers and Herbert Geer. Australian publication Lawyers Weekly recently revealed that Herbert Geer and HWL Ebsworth previously held merger talks.